Pinot Noir lovers need to introduce themselves to Ken Brown Wines!
Located on the southern edge of the Sta. Rita Hills AVA, the winery specializes in small lot Pinot Noirs with about 3,000 cases produced annually with most lots at less than 250 cases.
I highly recommend that you stop in for a visit the next time you are in Santa Barbara as all of his wines are stunning and well priced.
The 2010 Ken Brown Rancho La Vina Vineyard Pinot Noir is absolutely irresistible!
The only thing more incredible is that the bottle only cost $39, this is especially striking when you consider that only 166 cases of the Rancho La Vina Pinot were produced in 2010.
This is a big, expressive effort whose brilliant violet color and enticing fruit aromas are just a precursor of what is to follow.
Intense, mouthwatering black cherry and blueberry flavors overwhelm the palate, while licorice and hints of raspberry can be detected in the lush rounded tannins on the exquisite finish.
I rate the wine a 9.2 on a 10 point scale.